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Sea Lion Caves

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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Great Pit Stop on the Oregon Coast

We loved it. The cave was super cool! We were there in June so the sea lions are not hanging out in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lori R
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Berkley, Michigan
Cool Stop Along Route

Pretty unique activity not found any where else. Very cool to see them in their natural habitat... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
BootCB
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Tacoma, Washington
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Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where Steller sea lions and their cubs take shelter each year. Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. The Caves has been in operation since 1932 preserving and protecting the wildlife under our care. We are open 363 days a year only closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving day. Our normal hours of operation are 9 am until dusk year round. We are not a zoo and the animals are free to come and go as they please. The sea lions can usually be found at either of four locations on the property; in the Cave, in the water, at the Lookout/rockery, and on other nearby rock ledges. HOWEVER, THE SEA LIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS IN THE CAVE OR MAY BE MIGRATING OUT OF AREA - THEY ARE WILD ANIMALS AND COME AND GO AS THE PLEASE. CALL AHEAD FOR INFORMATION. Self-guided are the rule, but guided tours are available.
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“gift shop” (151 reviews)
“elevator ride” (50 reviews)
“viewing area” (65 reviews)
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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+1 541-547-3111
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved it. The cave was super cool! We were there in June so the sea lions are not hanging out in the cave during this season, but it was still very cool nonetheless and quite frankly I bet it's a bit smelly in winter....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Pretty unique activity not found any where else. Very cool to see them in their natural habitat. Plenty of parking, reasonably priced, lots to see. My family enjoyed this stop.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A must see! Amazing views of amazing creatures. Be ready for the smell, however! You can make the walk to both locations in flip-flops but it is chilly in the caverns.

Thank Kurt B
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We payed $50+ for the family of 4. The sea lions are very far, so make sure you have binoculars to be able to enjoy the view.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The activity of the California sea lions at the Sea Lion Caves mesmerized us for well over two hours. It was pure joy to hear the males bark and watch as a giant wave would temporarily immerse their bodies with a big splash of water....More

Thank journeyready
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see sea lions no matter where and like a trip in an elevator to a cave, you will love this commercial sight. We went on a gorgeous day mid-June. You walk some here. First we walked down a paved steepish hill...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed in florence and had gone before but it was fall and no seals. This time there was at least 50 there and the cave was a feat to see on its own.

Thank Greg D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This roadside attraction is perfect for families with young kids. It’s a bit kitschy for others but if you accept it for what it is...including the mandatory exit through the gift shop with random gifts some of which seem very unrelated, you will enjoy it....More

Thank TedLachmansingh
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn’t know what to expect but we’re pleasantly surprised. Fascinating cave. Saw a whale and cormorants as well as the seals. Good value.

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They made me a believer. The view from the observation deck is amazing. You can even get a good view of the Heceta Head Lighthouse as you go out. The caves are awesome and there are tons of Sea Lions. Worth the money. Good gift...More

Thank Nixit2
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Shma77
28 May 2018|
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Response from di0uf | Reviewed this property |
Cloudy...they are inside the cave...they are a bachelor group that didn't find a mate...so they lolll around and eat and sun.Bring coats....even in full sun the wind off the ocean is @ 50 DEGREES and 10-25 mph
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Soph851
8 October 2017|
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Response from DVD1961 | Reviewed this property |
I would advise you to check the webcam online to see if the sea lions are even there most of the time I've been there in April I was just fine and that my wife and I just came back from the sea lion caves and there are tons... More
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Soph851
8 October 2017|
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Response from wvillamil | Reviewed this property |
They are there year round. Weekdays are less busy. Also if you want to see sea lions without paying, they are everywhere at the Newport bayfront about 30 Miles North of sea lions cave. At the bayfront, they have taken over a... More
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